Here is the first blogger for this week's Blog Love palooza! Susan B Anderson is a knitter and writer whose work I have enjoyed for years. She was one of the first bloggers I discovered and introduced me to a very slippery slope indeed!
Tune in tomorrow for another inspiring blogger and if you want to join the conversation, you can use the hashtag #loveyourblog for #aninspired2015. I hope you'll enjoy reading this answer from Susan as much as I did!
"As far as the knitting stuff goes I have been knitting for just over 30 years. I am self-taught. I started seriously designing about 18 years ago. My first love is my blog. I have been blogging for close to 10 years now at www.susanbanderson.blogspot.com. I have written 5 books with my publisher, Artisan Books, and they are:
Itty-Bitty Hats, Itty-Bitty Nursery, Itty-Bitty Toys, Spud & Chloe at the Farm, and Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys .
I am working on my 6th book currently that is to be released in the winter of 2015. I have had patterns in magazines such as Parents, Knit Simple, Interweave and the Noro magazine, amongst others. I also do designing for independent companies like Little Skein, Infinite Twist, and Quince & Co. for example.
I love to teach knitting and I teach workshops all over the U.S. and beyond through Vogue Knitting Live, various retreats, yarn shops and other events. It is one of my favourite parts of my job. I travel to teach almost every month of the year.
I have two Craftsy.com online workshops [affiliate links]: The Not-So-Itty-Bitty Giraffe class and the Wee Ones class.I have recently been added to Alana Dakos list of designers for her NNK Press publications. NNK Press sells beautifully printed pattern lines to yarn shops worldwide. [You can read more about them here].
On a more personal note, I live in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A. Madison is a beautiful little city in the heart of the Midwest. I have a husband and 4 children that have grown up quickly, two are in college, one has graduated college and my youngest is still in high school. We have a busy home with lots of activity and kids constantly in and out. It keeps us jumping. I am an avid outdoors-person. I love running, hiking, and biking and I love taking long walks through our many nature conservancies and state parks. I also love to read, sew, embroider, cook, bake and garden.
I started blogging after I published my first book in 2006. I went on a book tour and people kept asking how they could stay in touch or find out what I was working on next. I decided when I got home from the tour to start my blog and I have been going strong ever since. My reasons for blogging have not changed much through the years. My blog is a place where I can be myself, write about what I like, share ideas, host giveaways, and stay in touch with knitters all over the world.
I blog about what I love and what I feel passionate about. I never run out of ideas, in fact just the opposite is true. I have lists of things I want to blog about and I can never seem to catch up. I review and give away loads of products, books, and yarn on my blog. I pick and choose carefully what to promote and write about. It has to be things that I really love. I also just write about what I’m up to, my family, nature, but mainly I write about knitting and everything that surrounds knitting.
I have learned so much through blogging. Most importantly, I have learned that I love to write in an environment that is truly mine. My blog feels like home to me. It is a place where I can express myself and talk about things that are important to me. It is a place that is always positive and happy and comfortable.
I find inspiration through my family members, nature, children’s literature, artwork, illustrations, photography, ceramics, online, from other designers and knitters. The list is really endless. I am always amazed at what people come up with in knitting and design and I aspire to keep designing and contributing and improving with time."